Taking up a petition seeking quashing of the selection of three ‘influential and politically well connected’ serving officers to the post of Haryana Civil Services (executive branch), the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued notice of motion to the Haryana government. The court headed by justice TS Dhindsa also made it clear to the state government that the selection would be subject to the outcome of the petition’s decision.
The officers whose selection has been challenged include Bijender Singh, Surender Pal and Ashutosh Rajan on the grounds that it was allegedly made in violation of the Haryana Civil Services (Executive Branch) Rules, 2008. Before selection, Singh was working as stenographer-cum-librarian in the office of the director, prosecution, Pal was personal assistant to Mahender Singh Chopra, principal officer on special duty (OSD) to the chief minister and Rajan was excise and taxation inspector.
Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Inder Pal Goyat averred that Singh is a resident of Sanghi village in Rohtak that is also village of the CM, Pal was personal assistant to Chopra and Rajan is also close to Chopra. It was alleged that names of all three selected candidates were already in media reports as prospective selectees.
The case would now come up for hearing on October 28.